Religious Freedom Case Upheld

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A US fire captain who was sacked for refusing to censor his religious comments has had his case upheld in court.

The Washington State Supreme Court last week ruled that the Spokane Valley Fire Department committed unconstitutional discrimination, when it cautioned – then terminated – Captain Jon Sprague for the religious content in his work emails.

The Pacific Justice Institute said the fire department shared newsletters via email and an electronic forum concerning social topics such as substance abuse and conflicts with children – but Mr Sprague’s attempts to share a Biblical perspective got him dismissed.

PJI President Brad Dacus said it was a terrific victory for Captain Sprague and an important reminder of First Amendment principles.

He said no employee should be terminated for speaking on topics at work, just because he has a religious point of view.

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